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Kosovo MPs To Vote On Montenegro Demarcation

In the hope of ending months of conflict, MPs in Kosovo's parliament are to vote on Thursday on the controversial border deal with Montenegro.

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Kosovo Parliament | Photo: BIRN

Kosovo MPs are due to vote on Thursday on the controversial border deal with Montenegro. Two-thirds of the 120 MPs, 80 in all, must support ratification. However, the ruling coalition, which holds 85 seats, expects to persuade enough MPs to back the agreement. 

While the main parties, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, insist they have enough votes to get the agreement passed, the opposition still claims it can - and will - block the process.

The opposition Vetevendosje party warned that it will hold protests both inside and outside parliament to make the voting process almost impossible.

A former leader of Vetevendosje, Albin Kurti, appealed on Wednesday for citizens to join the protest on Thursday in the square in front of parliament.

The leaders of two other opposition parties, Ramush Haradinaj, from the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and Fatmir Limaj, from NISMA, held a joint press conference also calling on MPs not to vote for the agreement.

Kosovo and Montenegro signed the border deal in August 2015, which Montenegro ratified later that year.

But three opposition parties in Kosovo, Vetevendosje, AAK and NISMA, have fiercely opposed it, claiming it deprives Kosovo of thousands of hectares of land.

Their MPs have thrown tear gas inside the parliament, boycotted parliamentary sessions and have sponsored violent outdoor protests, which resulted in dozens of injuries and arrests.  

The parliamentary session with the vote on demarcation will start at 11.30 am.

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